Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that although the violence in this fan-favorite crime drama is extremely tame compared to many of today's graphic series (almost to the point of being a bit cheesy), each episode does revolve around a murder investigation. The deadly confrontation is often shown on screen, as well as several scenes of the corpse and the crime scene (often blood-stained). The heroine is a successful, self-confident woman whose determined inquiries and attention to detail often outshine the work of professional detectives.
Characters occasionally talk around the subject of sex with loaded comments like "I don't know what you're doing or who you're doing it with." Extramarital affairs often pop up in investigations. Female characters sometimes dress in skimpy clothing. There's occasional kissing and some light fondling (rubbing thighs or backs, for instance).
Each episode revolves around a death, and often the act of murder is shown as well as a few shots of the dead body (though it's all very tame compared to modern forensic crime dramas). There are lots of verbal threats ("I'll kill you") and some fist fights and scuffles here and there, which lead to bruises and bloody lips.
"Damn" and "hell" are used infrequently.
The main character is a strong, intelligent woman who's never afraid to ask tough questions and always speaks her mind. While there's plenty of lying, stealing, and allusions to sleeping around among suspects, the bad guys always get their due in the end.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Adults often drink wine or beer in social settings.